Hyundai Merchant Marine Signs LoI for 20 Vessels
South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has selected country’s three major shipbuilder and signed letters of intent (LOIs) with them to build 20 container carriers by mid-2021, reported Yonhap. According to company sources, as quoted by Reuters, the South Korea’s largest shipper believes that through the acquisition of the most technologically advanced mega container ships, it can strengthen cost competitiveness and react rapidly to the international environmental regulations.
Samsung Heavy Mulls $6 Bln Orders This Year
South Korean major shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co is aiming to clinch orders worth more than US$6 billion this year, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported the company's head as saying. Park Dae-young, president and CEO of the shipbuilder, also said that this year will be a crucial point for his company's survival at a time when local shipbuilders are suffering from an industry-wide slump and economic slowdown. Park said that his company raised this year's target for new orders, compared with US$5.3 billion set for last year.
Höegh LNG Orders 4 FSRU from Samsung Heavy
South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co has won one firm Shipbuilding Contract (SBC) and an agreement for three optional floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) from Hoegh LNG Holdings. Under the deal with Norway-based Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd., the shipyard will build the vessel by May 2019, the company said in a regulatory filing. Samsung has an option to build three more FSRU units, it said. Höegh LNG's President and Chief Executive Officer Sveinung J. S. Støhle said in a comment: "We are very pleased to have completed this agreement with SHI…
Government Okays USD 1.2 bln for Korea Ocean Business Corporation
The government of South Korea decided to invest 1.35 trillion won (USD 1.2 billion) in Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC). The compnay was created in order to help its shipping industry stand on its feet, especially after the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping.Yonhap reported quoting the finance ministry that Cabinet approved a plan to contribute 12.7-percent stakes in each of the country's four port authorities to the KOBC.Earlier this month, the corporation was officially launched in Busan…
Daewoo Shipbuilding unlocks $2.6 bln Bailout
Bondholders at final meetings agree to debt-to-equity swap; shipbuilder needs about $400 mln in operating funds by April-end. South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd has won near unanimous agreement from bondholders to swap their debt for equity, meeting a condition that unlocks a $2.6 billion bank bailout for the world's biggest shipbuilder. Daewoo won approval from over 96 percent of bondholders at two meetings on Tuesday and three on Monday, with attendance exceeding 78 percent.
First Wärtsilä X62DF Engine Ready for Large LNG Carrier
On April 5, 2016 Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), together with Doosan Engine Co., Ltd demonstrated the first low-speed low-pressure Wärtsilä six-cylinder X62DF (W6X62DF) engine for a commercial application. The event took place at Doosan’s works in Changwon, Korea and the W6X62DF engine is also the first sold X-DF engine for the new generation of very large LNG carriers. It is currently under test by Doosan before delivery and is one of a pair that will power the first of two 180…
Massive Layoff Ahead for Hyundai Heavy
Another massive reduction in the Korean shipbuilding workforce may come as most shipyards are still struggling with falling orders and mounting losses, reports Yonhap quoting industry sources. Hyundai Heavy Industries plans for large layoffs amid a prolonged recession in the global shipbuilding sector and the government’s move to restructure the ailing industry. Over the past few weeks, the troubled world’s No. 1 shipbuilder is rumored to be planning an additional cut of 3,000 employees -- most likely from its production line -- in the form of voluntary retirement programs.
Hyundai Heavy Industries Shedding Jobs, 'Non-Core' Assets
South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd, the world's biggest shipbuilder by revenue, will slash more jobs and sell non-core assets as part of efforts to cope with shrinking orders, it said on Monday. The South Korean government has urged ailing industries to speed up restructuring efforts to help revive Asia's fourth-biggest economy. Companies such as Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and the country's No. 1 shipping company Hanjin Shipping have already had to undergo debt restructuring with creditors due to a severe downturn in their respective industries.
As Korean Shipyards Founder, Central Bank Dragged into Rescue Bid
They are South Korea's "too-big-to-fail" firms - the world's largest shipbuilders that are both a massive economic force and an important national symbol - and the government wants the central bank to fund an unconventional rescue of the sector. The three biggest shipbuilders - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd and Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd - sustained record losses last year, dragged down by the global commodities plunge and falling trade volumes. The government wants the central bank to print money to buy bonds in two state banks propping up shipyards as well as shippers - a measure some officials call quantitative easing. Publicly, the Bank of Korea (BOK) says it is willing to cooperate.
Korean Shipyards Look Bullish
South Korea's major shipyards are estimated to have racked up solid profit during the second quarter of the year, aided by the increased delivery of ships, cost-cutting measures and a rise in new orders, Yonhap reported citing industry sources. Another report said that Korean yards have clinched the most new shipbuilding orders in the first half of the year, with their combined tally more than doubling from a year earlier. The trend appears bullish for ship building in the country.
Korean Shipyards Still in Rough Sea
South Korean shipyards are still struggling to cut costs through unpaid leave for their workers and shutting down dry docks idled amid a lack of orders, Yonhap reported quoting industry sources. The report said that for decades, the shipbuilding sector has been one of the key growth drivers for Asia's fourth-largest economy. The top three shipyards in the country - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co (HHI), Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.
Smart Ships: Inmarsat, Samsung Heavy Industries Partner
Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage. The agreement envisages the South Korean yard installing Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage the satellite communications platform’s capabilities from the moment the ship is delivered.
South Korea Mulls LNG Bunkering Hub
A group of South Korean companies including shipbuilders have come together to establish an association dedicated to developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facilities and infrastructures including LNG-fueled vessels, says a report in the Pulse. Last week, officials representing 21 private and state-run entities in Korea gathered to attend the inaugural meeting of the LNG Bunkering Industrial Association. They were from major shipbuilding and energy companies including Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.…
Samsung Heavy Industries to Raise $985 mln via Rights Issue
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Friday its board of directors have approved a plan to raise about 1.1 trillion won ($985.22 million) via a rights issue. Samsung Heavy, part of the Samsung Group conglomerate, has been planning a rights issue to weather a drop in orders for new vessels at South Korea's three largest shipbuilders, while the country expects a 20 percent drop in major shipbuilders' capacity by 2018 from 2015. Separately, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee - the de facto head of Samsung Group - does not plan to buy any of the new Samsung Heavy shares. A Samsung Group spokeswoman declined to comment. Reporting by Joyce Lee and Se Young Lee
KOGAS to Support Korean Shipyards
In a bid to help South Korean local shipyard weather their worst-ever slump, the State-run Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer, will soon place shipbuilding and maintenance orders with them, says a report by Yonhap. KOGAS will advance the schedule of placing orders for two new LNG carriers to the first half of next year and assign sizable maintenance work for its large LNG carriers to local shipyards, said its president Lee Seung-hoon. The construction of a LNG carrier with a capacity of 3,500 tons normally costs a 150 billion won (US$134 million).
Teekay Orders Additional Shuttle Tanker Duo
Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the construction of two Suezmax DP2 shuttle tanker newbuilds for a total fully-built-up cost of approximately $265 million. Upon delivery in 2020, the vessels will join Teekay Offshore’s Contract of Affreightment (CoA) fleet in the North Sea. “This is another important milestone for Teekay Offshore’s shuttle tanker franchise since it further strengthens our position as the leading provider of CoA shuttle tanker services in the North Sea,” said Ingvild Sæther, President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd. According to Teekay, the newbuilds will be constructed based on the Partnership’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions…
Samsung Heavy to Issue New Shares
South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd plans to issue new shares worth 1.56 trillion won ($1.47 billion), the company said on Friday. The world's third-largest shipbuilder by orderbook also said in a regulatory filing it planned to increase its short-term loans by 750 billion won. Friday's fundraising decisions were first announced in December, in order to pay debt and cut the risk of tighter credit conditions due to its weak earnings prospects. Reporting by Joyce Lee
Samsung Heavy Sells Drilling Rig for $500 Mln
South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Monday it has agreed to sell a semi-submersible drilling rig for $500 million to an unidentified European company. The world's third-largest shipbuilder by orderbook said Sweden's Stena, which originally ordered the drilling rig, had cancelled the order last year. Last week, Samsung Heavy agreed to sell the rig to a European third party, resolving the risk of non-payment, the firm said in a regulatory filing. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
Samsung Heavy: New Share Issuance Worth $1.31 Bln
South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Tuesday the expected value of its planned new share issuance has been cut to 1.41 trillion won ($1.31 billion) from a previously-announced 1.56 trillion won. The shipbuilder said in a regulatory filing that the value of the issuance had been changed with newly issued shares to be assigned at 5,870 won per share, instead of the originally planned 6,510 won per share. Samsung Heavy shares have fallen about 35 percent since the plan to issue new shares were announced in early December. ($1 = 1,073.8500 won) (Reporting by Joyce Lee Editing by Stephen Coates)
NAT Orders Three Suezmax Tankers
Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) said it has entered into agreements with Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the construction of three Suezmax tankers of about 157,000 deadweight tons each to be delivered during the second half of 2018. “This is another large step forward for Nordic American,” said Herbjørn Hansson, the Chairman & CEO of the Company. “By adding these ships, we substantially increase the dividend capacity and bolster our earnings potential. We believe that our solid balance sheet as well as our well-defined and transparent operating model are elements supporting the competitive position of NAT. The stock issue of about $120m that we completed September 30, will part finance this transaction.
Nordic American Tankers Expands Fleet to 33 Vessels
Armed with $120m from the placement, Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has contracted to increase its fleet from 30 to 33 vessels, enhancing its potential for both higher earnings and dividends. The Company will have a fleet of 30 trading vessels in early 2017. By way of comparison, in the autumn of 2004, the Company had three vessels. NAT is focused on maintaining top technical quality of the fleet. Our operational performance remains at the forefront of the industry. 3Q2016 inspections had an average of 2.4 observations which we consider an excellent result.
Hyundai Heavy to be Split into 4 Firms
Shipbuilder to be split into four companies; spinoff is part of restructuring plan submitted to creditors. South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries is being split into four companies, with its non-shipbuilding businesses being spun off to improve management efficiency and competitiveness, the shipbuilder said on Tuesday. South Korean shipbuilders have been selling non-core assets and slashing jobs to cope with shrinking orders from the oil industry that forced the firms into heavy losses last year. South Korea is home to the world's three largest shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine and Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd. Under the plan, Hyundai Heavy will be divided into four companies.
Mitsui LNG Carrier Named Marvel Falcon
On March 29, a naming ceremony was held at Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in Korea, for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that NYK has concluded a long time-charter contract with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. At the ceremony, the ship was named “Marvel Falcon” by Mr. Tatsuo Yasunaga, president and chief executive officer of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by Mr. Yasunaga’s wife. From NYK, Hitoshi Nagasawa, Representative Director, Senior Managing Corporate Officer attended.